November 15, 2012
Christmas in Concord, my EP of handmade holiday music as recalled from my New England childhood, has been reissued digitally this week. In addition to the five songs from the original release there are two new songs, collaborations with the Pulitzer prize-winning play write Suzan-Lori Parks. We wrote "Counting the Days (Until Christmas)" during a drive back from New Hampshire to New York. Talk of our fathers' military experiences became a song during the late night five hour trip. The other new song is our updated version of "Rise Up Shepard, and Follow" which Odetta and Pete Seeger have both recorded along the way. Suzan-Lori sings and plays washboard which I think makes our rendition just right for Holiday dance parties...
October 22, 2012
elena moon park's soulful new cd rabbit days and dumplings: family music from east asia is making it's way out into the world in grand style! click here for the NPR all things considered piece which ran on friday and put this new music on the map.
October 01, 2012
RABBIT DAYS AND DUMPLINGS IS HERE! yes, the cd of east asian family music that i've anxiously been waiting for has landed on this planet. it's a beautiful, moving, fun, and funny recording which just won a parents choice award. it's unique and soulful but don't take my word for it. here are some early quotes:
"Elena Moon Park has put together a joyful and eclectic collection of traditional folk and children's songs, reinterpreted and reinvented in a way that preserves their beauty, but also makes them incredibly appealing to a wide family audience… this CD proves that great music touches us all, no matter what our background or mother tongue.” – Cool Mom Picks
“Rabbit Days and Dumplings is not only a great introduction to the music of East Asia, it is great music, period. Interesting instrumentation, unusual but compelling rhythms and playful lyrics make this album shine, from start to finish.” – Apartment Therapy
“I love how these traditional East Asian songs have been modernized and made so upbeat and fun.” - Asian Mommy
"Wow! Elena Moon Park embraces both her family tree and musical roots in her latest CD 'Rabbit Days And Dumplings'. Well done!"- Robert Drake, Producer Kids Corner, WXPN-FM, Philadelphia
"A wonderful, singsong introduction to Asian culture, Rabbit Days and Dumplings is highly recommended." - Midwest Book Review
AND THERE'S A SALE! it's been one year since the award winning LITTLE NUT TREE was released and to celebrate we're selling copies of this CD for 10 dollars. what?? 10 dollars?? it's not a misprint! it's a sale! here's a link to the general store.
now let's all get back to apple picking!